The Ontario Digital Literacy and Access Network is a community-based pilot initiative founded by 2SLGBTQIA+ graduate students, community members, and allies who are concerned with the digital divide in our communities. We are passionate about connecting organizations and individuals with resources and services that will minimizing digital inequalities in 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.
Our Team Members
Stephanie is a PhD. Candidate in the School of Gender, Feminist and Women Studies at York University. She is an active member of the Senior Pride Network and Rainbow Faith and Freedom. Stephanie co-founded ODLAN after conducting a study on the barriers 2S-LGBTQ+ older adults were experiencing in accessing remote service provisions during the global pandemic.
Hannah is a PhD. Candidate in the School of Gender, Feminist and Women Studies at York University. She helped to co-founded ODLAN in 2020. Hannah is a girls’ studies scholar who studies girl activists and their family relationships.
Angela Stanley (MA 2014; PhD Candidate, Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies, York University) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Disability and Sexuality: Perceptions of Beauty, Sexuality and Desirability for Queer, Disabled Youth. Angela continues her studies pursuing a doctoral degree in the Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies Program at York University. Her research pays attention to the intersection of race/culture, queerness and disability in order to understand how people make sense of their intimate and sexual lives. Her work so far has centered on the perceptions of beauty, sexuality and desirability that inform how young queer and disabled people create intimate and/ or sexual partnerships.
Alexandra Latter is an Honours graduate of the York University Sexuality Studies BA program, as well as the Gender & Women’s Studies certificate program. She has volunteered for a number of different organizations including the Senior’s Pride Network, the Sexual Assault Support Line & Leadership Group, Victims Services Toronto, and more. Currently, Alex applies her skills in tech and communication as an Enterprise Account Manager at OnCall Health, a video conferencing and practice management platform for healthcare workers across Canada and the United States.
Viktor Zhuang is a recent graduate from the Department of Computer Science at University of Toronto. He is passionate about advocating for diversity and accessibility within the tech field. He has experience volunteering with 2S-LBGTQ+ student communities and both academic and work experience in web design and programming. At ODLAN he designs and creates graphical content to provide resources on digital literacy and access for 2S-LBGTQ+ organizations.
Isabella Fiore is an undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa student studying Political Science and Feminist/Gender Studies. She is passionate about increasing accessibility for 2S-LGBTQ+ individuals and the disability justice movement. They have worked with a variety of non-profits and student associations throughout her high school and university careers in order to bring equity issues to the table.
Director of Research
Helen Martin is a 4th year student in York University’s sexuality studies major. She is passionate about sexual and reproductive health for women and 2SLGBTQ+ folks. She hopes to continue her studies at the masters level next year. Helen has worked and volunteered at a variety of grassroots and non-profit charities and hopes to continue this work in the future.
Hanna Jalal is a 4th-year student at York University studying Gender and Women’s Studies/History. She is passionate about issues of accessibility and the development of creative feminist-grounded solutions to said barriers. A people-person, at ODLAN she works with volunteers, providing the necessary support and guidance for those who are also passionate about 2SLGBTQ+ rights and looking to get involved.
Community Research Advisor
Chris is a researcher who works on projects at McGill University, Concordia University, Dalhousie University, and Western University. In 2021, Chris earned a PhD for his work on queer people’s experiences with dating apps, and now his research explores the intersections of gender, sexuality, health, safety, and technology. With ODLAN, Chris facilitates workshops and provides support on community-based research projects.
Director of Learning
Evan Vipond is a PhD Candidate in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University. Their doctoral research focuses on trans rights and critical politics. Evan comes with 15+ years of experience working with 2SLGBTQIA+ communities across sectors including education, arts and culture, health care, and justice initiatives. They offer consulting services on 2SLGBTQIA+ issues, and inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) across sectors. They specialize in training and curriculum development, IDEA policy review, 2SLGBTQIA+ content review, and 2SLGBTQIA+ community consultation. They are trans, nonbinary, queer, and invisibly disabled.
Our Board Members
Stephen Low is currently Manager of Operations at Rainbow Faith and Freedom. Before joining the Not-for-Profit sector, he received his PhD from Cornell University in April 2016, where he also received his Masters in Theater Studies in 2014. He received his first Masters from the University of Texas at Austin in the Performance as Public Practice Program in 2011. His academic research focuses on queer theory, sex and sexuality, gender, race, cultural studies, and gay culture. In addition to his scholarship, Stephen has taught in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at Trent University. His current book project, Hail Mary: The Theatricality Constitution of Gay Culture, identifies theatricality as the constitutive feature of contemporary gay culture. His essays have been published in Modern Drama, Theatre Research in Canada, Canadian Theatre Review, Queer Theatre in Canada. Critical Perspectives in Canadian Theatre in English Series, Opera Canada, and Intermission.
Jennifer is highly passionate about working in program development, capacity building, and community engagement. She has 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Jennifer loves connecting with people, building relationships, and collaborating. Rainbow Spaces is a program she launched in 2019, and it has since grown into a strong, well-known program amongst 2SLGBTQ+ communities in York Region. Jennifer is a strategic thinker, always planning ahead. She looks forward to helping ODLAN achieve its mission to create digital strategies for 2SLGBTQ+ communities across Canada.
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I am a world majority, Brown, trini, Carib, Indo, Chinese, callaloo, differently-abled, queer DYKE, community activist, Elder.
I am a 2S-LGBTQI+ awareness consultant and workshop facilitator. I focus on the issues affecting 2S-LGBTQI+ seniors / older adults and the barriers we are forced to overcome on a daily basis. I share my lived experiences of queerness, age, race, ability and sexuality with openness and vulnerability. I live and work from an anti-oppression, anti-racism, anti-colonial, intergenerational and intersectional perspective.
Christopher is a 6th-year PhD candidate in the Department of Gender Studies at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Their current work focuses on the intersections of social justice activism and Lacanian Psychoanalysis with a specific focus on trans-cultural production. They’ve also completed a BAH in Health Studies and MA in Gender Studies during their time at Queen’s, with focuses on campus safety for LGBTQ+ undergraduates and representations of trauma in social justice movements, respectively. They look forward to bringing their analytic lens to thinking through the impact of continued digitization on how LGBTQ+ folks interact with each other.